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Maryhill Community Spirit to be Boosted by Cohousing Initiative

Plans are in the works to create a co-housing project in Maryhill, that will be eco-friendly and community-building.

The co-housing model being proposed is based on the concept of a group of people constructing, developing, and directing their own community. Each member has their own home, but there is also a communal building where people can unite to share meals and participate in group activities as often as they choose.

Activist group Clachan Housing approached Glasgow City Council about purchasing land on Collina Street in Maryhill for the project.

The group intends to self-build the community using sustainable construction techniques. It will also use renewable energy sources to build homes with a reduced carbon footprint and minimal energy bills.

The project, which will be financed using a Mutual Home Ownership model, will be available to people on different incomes. Instead of taking out mortgages, residents will put down a deposit of 10% toward the cost of building their home and then pay 35% of their income toward reducing the equity balance. If anyone decides to leave, some of these funds will be returned.

Another co-housing scheme is already being planned for Glasgow. The Penington Project will build 24 homes for residents over the age of 55. A site has already been selected in the Pollokshields area for the communal living scheme, which will be the first of its kind in Scotland.

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The most recent project will be based on the Leeds LILAC project, which consists of 20 homes, a large common house, a shared garden and central allotment, two car parks, and three bike sheds. The common house includes shared washing machine and communal tools in a workshed.

Clachan Co-housing representative Martin Graham said that his community fulfilled several different housing needs in Glasgow. It will enable a self-supporting community, be accessible to people from a number of different income groups, be self-built and self-managed, and the residents will be responsible for its ongoing care and maintenance. The project will aim to be as energy-efficient as possible.

Mr Graham said that meetings were being held on a fortnightly basis, and that the group has been in touch with Glasgow City Council to discuss buying the land. He added that Clachan Co-housing is also looking for more interested individuals to get involved.

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